Skip to comments.Abortion politics jeopardizes future of AZ (211) crisis hotline
Posted on 10/18/2019 1:19:34 PM PDT by Morgana
During moments of desperation, Arizonans routinely rely on a 211 crisis hotline for help.
"Everyone knows about 211. I've referred other people to them. Ive called them myself about shelter," said Enrique Troche, sitting on a street corner recently near the CASS homeless shelter in Phoenix.
But the nonprofit that manages the hotline has signaled it is running out of financial support, and an effort to restore state funds to the hotline failed earlier this year. The bill was left to die at the committee-level after a socially conservative think tank raised alarm bells because three phone calls to the hotline in 2018 inquired about abortion services.
"The fact that three phone calls were able to bring that program to a halt is irresponsible, said Sen. Heather Carter, R-Phoenix on Wednesday. I am pro-life and we need to keep the system available for our moms, for our elderly, for our veterans."
Carter sponsored a bill that would have restored $1.5 million to the program. For the second year in a row, the bill failed despite having bi-partisan support at the committee level.
The hotline was used more than 900,000 times in 2018, according to testimony provided in a legislative hearing earlier this year. Described by one lawmaker as a statewide rolodex for services, it most often refers callers to nonprofits that specialize in mental health, housing and healthcare.
State lawmakers eliminated funding for the program during the recession, and nonprofits have since stepped in to keep it afloat. But the hotline only has people answering phones part-time, during the week.
"We need the funding now so we can keep the phone system running, ultimately for 24/7," said Carter, who is Vice-Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
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Simple; refer to both Crisis Pregnancy Center and abortion death mill.
Well, it seems stupid to me that you would stop a service because of 3 calls out of 600K.
Yes, that could be required. I don’t know who would call a line like this to ask where they could get an abortion, but you never know I suppose.
Remember how you used to be able to call for the weather report? I knew a guy who would do this first thing every morning. Now, he did work outside, so there was that, and I suppose he found them accurate. I mean we had TV and radio too, but I guess he just wanted the weather, straight up, no commercials!
Sounds to me they just wanted to cut money to that service anyway. This was just a lame excuse to do it.